Moral dilema: My mother goes out to lunch with her office colleagues. However, they don't leave a tip so my mother did. Does everybody think this was proper, where she covered for everybody else's tip as well. I understand why she did this, but I think it set up a bad precedent where nobody will ever leave a tip because they will expect her to cover it. And, I'm dissappointed nobody answered J's question about what to tip at a place like soup plantation where you are responsible for getting your own food, but yet there's a busboy who cleans away the dishes. Should the tip therefore be less than the standard 15%, more like 10%.
If they were good people, it would make them feel bad about not leaving a tip. If they do it again, that should be the last time she goes out with them, if feasible. I don't have office 'colleagues' so I don't know what it would be like really, but if it were my friends I would call them on it politely. As to the cafeteria with bus service, I sometimes leave a dollar on the table, but it is always awkward. Some places, you don't want to leave money lying around, so it seems no tip is necessary. It's just a ball of confusion. And to the living wage argument, there are good economic reasons why every
job should not (cannot) pay a 'living wage'. Ideally, it would work out that way. But there is not enough wealth without serious socialistic restructuring to make it possible. There are people who can live just fine and work a non-living-wage job. These are kids still under their parents' care and e.g. wives of a 'sole breadwinner' type husband (or husbands of wives, whatever). Paying these jobs less than a living wage is not unfair if society works the way it is supposed to, i.e. in Leave it to Beaver. Slight sarcasm, but you get what I mean. Just as crappy clothes in childhood build character in children, crappy conditions with the promise of better life promote innovation in society.